Protecting Women & Girls in Emergency Situations

No. of pages: 7

Publication date: 2017

Author: UNFPA Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has faced severe drought, floods, and landslides in recent years, which have left thousands of women and girls vulernable, during and after emergency situations. In the wake of these disasters, families are left homeless, affecting their security, privacy and hygiene.

In crisis situations, one in five women of childbearing age is likely to be pregnant. Without access to reproductive health services, these women face an increased risk of life-threatening complications. UNFPA works closely with the government and local partners to ensure that reproductive health is integrated into emergency response.